Tarte VIP The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss Review

Tarte VIP The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss

Whenever I see double ended makeup I automatically think cheap. Usually double ended makeup (like lippies and brushes) are made with lower quality ingredients or flimsy packaging that doesn’t always feel good or work well. I’m not gonna lie. I cringed when I found out I was going to Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty Collection training for Ulta because I just knew it was going to be a bunch of cheap, gimmicky products that I wasn’t going to like. However, the Double Duty Beauty Collection actually turned out to be a rather solid collection. Leave it to Tarte to tackle double ended makeup and nail it!

The Double Duty Beauty Collection features a few double ended products like eyeliner and shadow, brushes and lipstick and gloss too. I thought I would like The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss duos the least but they’re actually turning out to be my favorite products in the collection. The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss features a full coverage lipstick and matching semi-sheer lipgloss in 8 shades. I have 2 of them in my collection and I’m pleased to report that they’re nothing like the cheap lippie duos we’ve seen in the past.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Review

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Defintion Powder Foundation in Dark Warm

My skin can be pretty dry all year round which leaves me relying on rich moisturizers and liquid foundations most of the time. But every now and then, I come across a powder foundation that I absolutely love and find myself reaching for quite often. My first powder foundation love was Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder but it appears that I’ve found a new love in the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation. Usually powders have a tendency to accentuate my dry skin and put my fine lines on blast but the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is different though. The Naked Skin Ultra Definition actually makes my dry skin look smooth, even and flawless without putting my dryness on blast.


MAC Chris Chang Collection Haul & Swatches

MAC Plum Princess Lipstick, Royal Woo Eyeshadow, Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

Before I started exploring other brands I used to be a huge MAC junkie. I’m talking set an alarm on my phone for damn near every collection kinda junkie. My obsession was pretty hardcore. Since I’ve ventured out to other amazing brands (like Too Faced) I’ve learned that MAC isn’t the end all be all when it comes to good makeup at a decent price. However, MAC still knows a thing or two about putting together a dope makeup collection with crazy beautiful special packaging. I no longer pick up a thing or two (or three) from almost every MAC collection like I used to but I just couldn’t help myself when the limited edition Chris Chang Collection released online with its bold, colorful special packaging and bright, fun colors. You know I couldn’t resist that!


On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Too Faced Melted Metallic Dream House Lipstick + Something About Berry Sweetheart Blush

What’s better than pink? Glitter! Glitter is one of the few things that I love more than pink so when you combine the two together it’s pure magic for me. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only girly girl that lives for pink and glitter though so I pulled out a matching shimmering pink lip and cheek duo to spread the love for Pink Wednesday. ‘Cause you can’t have a poppin’ shimmering pink lip without a matching blush. In the words of Tamar, “That ain’t hot!”

ELF Studio Contouring Brush Review

ELF Studio Contouring Brush

Makeup brushes can be a bit expensive but you don’t always have to spend the big bucks to get good quality. I’ve tried my fair share of makeup brushes from high end brands like Chanel and MAC to more affordable options like Coastal Scents and ELF so I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to shopping for makeup brushes. The biggest lesson I learned is that a higher price tag doesn’t always signify superb quality. Sometimes you’re just paying for the name brand itself. I have a handful of MAC, Chanel and ELF brushes and, believe it or not, there’s times when my ELF brushes out-perform brushes that cost me 3-4 times as much. In fact, I think ELF is one of the best brands to go to for affordable brushes because they’re almost always rather nice quality at a great price.


Clinique All About Eyes Review

Clinique All About Eyes

Dry eyes can be a huge pain in the butt. Especially if you wear makeup. Dry eyes can make concealer look cakey, crease and look, well, dry. I’ve struggled with my dry eyes quite a bit but things started to get better as I experimented with eye creams. I’ve only tried a couple of them so far with good results but it seems that I might have just found a new favorite in the Clinique All About Eyes eye cream. I’ve been using the Clinique All About Eyes cream for over a month now and I’m rather impressed with how well it hydrates and refreshes my parched eyes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown

When it comes to brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen. Hands down! Her brow products have a massive cult following because they’re oh so good. I’ve been a huge fan of the Dipbrow Pomade for years now after discovering just how amazing it is for sparse brows and all day wear. Now I’m becoming a big fan of the new Brow Definer pencil she recently added to her brow empire. The Brow Definer is a retractable pencil that’s similar to the Brow Wiz pencil except it’s chubbier and features a triangular tip that allows a more versatile application and covers more ground.


Join MAC Select & Receive $10 off $50!

MAC $10 off $50 Discount

If you’re an avid makeup junkie, then you’ve probably noticed that MAC never ever goes on sale. Like ever. Every now and then, MAC will knock a few dollars off their limited edition holiday sets in a last ditch effort to get rid of them but the standard 20-30% off or Friends & Family discount most brands offer has never been a MAC thing. Until now. MAC has recently launched their MAC Select Program which loyal MAC fans can join and receive nice perks like a $10 off $50 coupon code (MAC10) for their online orders. It’s essentially a 20% off discount code that allows you to fill up your cart with the latest MAC goodies (including limited edition collections) and receive $10 off every $50 you spend. Meaning if you add $100 to your cart, you’ll receive $20 off. Great deal right? I caved and used the code for $10 off my Chris Chang Collection haul which I can’t wait to receive. Sign up now to get $10 off your online order too!

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Review

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Finding a good mascara can be a challenging feat but the new It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is definitely making life a little easier for makeup junkies. I think we can all agree that long, luscious full lashes are every gal’s dream but that false lash effect isn’t always achievable without actually applying a glamorous pair of falsies. However, It Cosmetics is getting us one step closer to the lashes we dream about with the new Superhero Mascara formulated with Elastic Stretch Technology to boost volume, add length and condition lashes with every coat. Sounds fancy, right?

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks Now Half Off!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks

Ready to go lipstick crazy? You better be! Urban Decay recently marked down their Revolution Lipsticks from $22 to $11. That’s right. Half off! And no this isn’t just some exclusive online deal. You can pick up any shade of Revolution Lipstick you please from Sheer to Matte at any location for just $11. It seems the Revolution Lipsticks first went on sale at Ulta but other retailers like Macy’s and Sephora have jumped on board too. Which is wonderful news because the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks are some of the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried. They’re smooth, creamy, pigmented and most of them last a rather long time.